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  • The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

  • A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
  • By: Bronnie Ware
  • Narrated by: Bronnie Ware
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

By: Bronnie Ware
Narrated by: Bronnie Ware
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A courageous, life-changing memoir that teaches us to apply the lessons learned by those nearing their death to our own life.

After too many years of unfulfilling work, Bronnie Ware began searching for a job with meaning. Despite having no formal qualifications or experience, she found herself working in palliative care.

During the time she spent tending to the needs of those who were dying, Bronnie's life was transformed. Later, she wrote an Internet blog post about the most common regrets that the people she had cared for had expressed to her. The post, also called 'The Top Five Regrets of the Dying', gained so much momentum that it was viewed by more than three million people worldwide in its first year. At the request of many, Bronnie now shares her personal story.

Bronnie has had a colourful and diverse life. By applying the lessons of those nearing their death to her own life, she developed an understanding that it is possible for everyone, if they make conscious choices, to die with peace of mind. In this heartfelt retelling, Bronnie expresses the significance of these regrets. She explains how we can address these issues positively now, while we still have the time.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing gives hope for a better world. Bronnie's delightful memoir is a courageous, life-changing book that will leave you feeling more compassionate and inspired to live the life you are truly here to live.

©2012 Bronnie Ware (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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A unique insight

I listened to this book wanting to listen to something very different. it's didn't disappoint. A great listen to reflect on yourself by knowing the regrets of the dying. Well done Bronnie!

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Know and Smile

Loved listening to this book. Learned a lot about myself. I don’t want regrets when I reach end of life and this book has given me a direction to go towards.

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Author’s Life Story

Eighty percent of the book is the author’s life story and twenty percent is about the dying and their life stories. The author / narrator has a soothing voice and does sound like a decent, kind woman but this book is more of an autobiography than a book about the regrets of the dying.

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More a self-indulgent biography of the author than lessons from the dying. Disappointing.

Self-righteous and preachy. Narrated in a too slow and droning voice, had to speed up and in the end could not finish. I’m genuinely perplexed by 5 star reviews this book gets. The lessons could have been an essay instead of an entire book. In fact there is an article by The Guardian that summarises the 5 regrets perfectly, wished I had come across it first rather than investing time in listening to and buying the book.

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I didn’t enjoy this book

I found this book to be self indulgent and cringy. It feels a bit like the author used dying people to profit off.

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For one and all

What great incites to hear before your exit journey. sometimes obvious situations that are common place are thwarted with non obvious remedy’s. A great work of a great life where adversity yet again breeds strength. Thankyou Bronwyn

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Beautiful and deep

Beautiful and gently written book about unavoidable end for all humans. It gave me a rare inside into death and regrets that may come with it, but also other difficult moments in one’s life.
Thanks Bronnie for sharing you knowledge and experience. Some part definitely helped me to better understand myself.

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I really loved this story

I really enjoyed hearing Bronnie talk about her experiences as a carer, and appreciate her helpful insights into life.

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Beautiful listen

Really love it. As a previous carer, i have never sooked and smiled so much. Interesting insight into her own spiritual journey, which i didn't expect, and the travel stories i envied.
i could see every individual she talked about, my thoughts linked it with someone i also once knew and remembered fondly. It was a very positive spin on the life of a palliative care worker and a calm listen. Written with such respectful of those who have passed, i appreciated the share of mental health battles she shared and made it real.

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Overtly long and self-indulgent

This is one of the few audio books that I have been unable, unwilling, to finish. The writing style and background is simply dull and difficult to listen to. The basic 5 regrets are gems and motivators for us all but the rest of this tome would have benefited from a more accomplished writer.

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